Performances: May 11 and May 12
Location: Secret Project Robot
Inspired by historical and highly politicized Black artists and the unjust, forced social and professional silencing of their careers, Maleek Washington's The Blacklist is a mystery collaboration of working Black artists who reclaim the blacklist to be a haven for desirable and politicized collective production. The immersive performance work is conceptually driven by Washington and actualized by artists Alexeya, ColemanCollective, Chet Gold, Matthew Perez, Antonio Brown, and Emma Pfaeffle. These artists are blindly paired to perform works that function as a thought-provoking dialogue across a fusion of artistic disciplines.
The night concludes with a set by rapper Kamau.
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Director: Maleek Washington
A native New Yorker from the Bronx, Maleek Washington is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist.
He began his dance training at Harlem School of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and attended The Boston Conservatory on a full scholarship before beginning his professional career with CityDance Ensemble (Washington DC). While there he worked with Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, and Alex Noeral, and as a SpringBoard Danse (Montreal) participant, Washington also worked with Jose Navas & Rubberband. Upon his return to New York City, Washington collaborated with McArthur Genius awardee, Kyle Abraham, and his company Abraham.In.Motion for four seasons before becoming the first African-American male to perform in the critically acclaimed immersive show Punch Drunk's Sleep No More. He has also performed for musical sensations, such as Sia, Phish & Rhianna for her immersive AntiDiary Campaign.
Washington's performance and commercial choreographic talent has been recognized nationally at prestigious venues such as The White House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Australia, Jordan, Mexico, and Sweden. In addition to his performance career, Washington is a sought after national and international teaching artist at the Joffrey Ballet School, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and Brent Street in Australia.
With multidisciplinary, experiential performance works that investigate the people, practices, and spaces shaping Washington's black identity, he is proud to present his art in 2017 at the Boston Dance Festival, Pepatian and BAAD!, Periapsis Dance and Music Noesis, and at the legendary Movement Research at Judson Church in Spring 2018. Washington is also a 2017-18 Dancing While Black top 10 choreographic finalists. Alongside his creative work, Washington has entered his second season with Camille A. Brown & Dancers in collaboration for her work “Ink” that premiered at the Kennedy Center in December 2017.
Recently Maleek was apart of the ensemble for NBC “Jesus christ Superstar” staring John Legend as Jesus. Just finished performing at the 2018 Ted Talk Conference in Vancouver British Columbia in Camille A.Brown “New Second Line”.
COLLABORATORS (alphabetically) :
By way of Queens, NY, Alexeya is a multifaceted performing artist: singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer. She has performed internationally in the concert dance arena, creative directed several music videos and most recently released her debut EP, 'Dancing with the Devil'. Alexeya aims to use her art to portray the complexity of human emotion and experience with hopes of inspiring empathy and personal growth.
Antonio Brown is the artistic force behind AntonioBrownDance. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Antonio studied at the Cleveland School of the Arts and The Juilliard School among others. He was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company for over a decade and has also worked with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, The Dash Ensemble & Sidra Bell Dance New York to name a few. Antonio's choreography continues to spread across the country recently choreographing for Cleveland State University, Move(NYC) and the play “The Bluest Eye” in Philadelphia. AntonioBrownDance is gearing up for its first full evening of work in NYC June 15th at NYU Tisch.
Cara Diaz is a professional dancer born in New Jersey, currently based in NYC. Some of her recent credits include Camila Cabello, De La Soul, Francesca Harper Project, SYTYCD, KENZOxH&M Runway, and ADIDAS. Excited to perform Maleek Washington’s work “Kin” with some beautiful and strong women.
ColemanCollective, a multidisciplinary art company, aims to produce art in various forms. This group features choreographers, dancers, actors, writers, visual artists, cinematographers, musicians, and other creators who seek to share with artists of diverse disciplines and like interests, through PERFORMANCE, EDUCATION and COLLABORATION. The artistic direction is suggested by Cain A. Coleman Jr. and Matthew Perez, while the collaborators they bring on, inevitably bend that vision, to create something dynamically transcultural.
Emma Pfaeffle is a proud Cuban/Nicaraguan, Los Angeles native. A 2012 SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory graduate, Emma has danced as a company member with Morphoses and Ballet Hispanico. She began her musical theatre career with the international tour of "West Side Story" and continued onto Broadway as an original castmember in "Finding Neverland" as Wendy, and also an original castmember in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as Veruca Salt. Throughout her career, Emma has worked closely with and danced works by choreographers Mia Michaels, Josh Bergasse, Christopher Wheeldon, Eduardo Vilaro, Luca Veggetti, Barak Marshall, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor and Kevin Wynn, among others.
Natasha R. Williams started dancing with a small studio in Greensboro, NC. Under the instruction of Melissa St. Amour, she learned the importance of sound technique coupled with her already strong musicality and natural ability. She was heavily influenced by her instructor’s knowledge of the subject matter and the rich history of dance, kinesiology, and dance construction. So much so, that she continued her education at the same university and received her BS in Dance Education with NC licensure for K-12, graduating with Honors. During her time there, she performed with John Gamble Dance Theatre and danced in various other repertory pieces. She made a point to break down the stereotype that “those who can’t do, teach.” On the contrary, she held herself to a high standard as a performer and choreographer, living the mantra that “The best teacher should be the best tangible example for their students.” After graduation, her teaching career was put on hold after she was offered an opportunity with Christal Brown’s Inspirit. After a year, she embarked on her teaching career as a high school dance instructor. Many of those students, with no prior dance training, have gone on to study dance in prestigious collegiate programs, have become influential dance educators in their own right, and are even dancing in professional dance companies in NYC and other major cities. She’s performed for a multitude of choreographers in both concert and commercial genres. While in NY, she has danced for Monifah Kincaid Contemporary Dance and has freelanced for various others companies as choreographer and performer. She has been focusing on vocal performances as of late, and has recently been offered a feature performance opportunity at the critically acclaimed, Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. “ Dance will always be my first love. I’m a feeler. I see dance , I feel instruments, and I live to tell stories. You don’t have to love the craft, but I want each and every person to leave changed. I think that should be the goal of every performing artist.”
Rouge is an American musician hailing from New York City. Known for her distinct sound, Rouge has developed a style on to her own mixing Club music, Hip Hop and Ballroom sounds together. Bringing her captivating live show to venues and parties throughout NYC from Like That's "Bounce Gallery" functions to headlining at the Boom BK festival in Brooklyn, to currently being featured on The Fader for her record "Fresh". Rouge has solidified herself as one of the most exciting artists on the east coast.
From Long Beach, CA, Sierra Herrera is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Now living in New York City, she pursues a freelance career as well as dances as an artist in RudduR Dance Company under the direction of Chris Rudd.
Stefanie Noll received her training from The Kansas City Ballet School, The Joffrey Contemporary Trainee Program, and Marymount Manhattan College. Through school, she has been able to perform works by Jo Stromgren, Robert Battle, Jacqulyn Buglisi, and Jon Olstad. Outside of school, Stefanie has worked with artists such as Alexandra Damiani, Loni Landon, Emma Portner, and Maleek Washington, and has performed in venues around NYC including The Joyce Theatre, Ailey Citigroup Theatre and The Music Hall of Williamsburg.